By Elizabeth Hess
In this booklet, educator-actor-playwright-director Elizabeth Hess deals systematic and unique explorations in functionality approach. This hybrid strategy is a fusion of actual theater modalities culled from Western practices (Psycho-physical activities, Viewpoints) jap practices (Butoh, Kundalini yoga) and similar functionality disciplines (Mask, Puppetry). Behavioral, physiological and mental ‘states of being’ are engaged to liberate impulses, entry event and amplify the mind's eye. via person, partnered and collective explorations, actors discover a character’s essence and point of realization, their strength middle and physique language, and their archetype and courting to common subject matters. Magic (to faux, as if), Metaphor (to evaluate, as like) and fable (to development after, as in) give you the beginning for producing transformative, empathetic and expansive creative expression. Explorations will be tailored to personality paintings, scene examine and construction, together with original/devised paintings and tested textual content, to light up singular and astounding paintings via collaborative creativity that's artistic, inclusive and alive.
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Acting and Being: Explorations in Embodied Performance by Elizabeth Hess